The Origin of Computer Graphics within General Motors
This article traces the history of the development of computer graphics technology at the General Motors Research Laboratories during the period from 1958 to 1967. A concept demonstration was formulated in the late 1950s to show the feasibility of applying computer technology to the problem of vehicle body design.
The narration then traces the history of a joint project between GM and IBM for development of new and unique computer graphics hardware.
The salient features of the Design Augmented by Computer (DAC-1) system are summarized in terms of nine separate technologies that were brought together for the first time to form a complete computer-based design environment.